Big think piece by Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe, truly appreciating Drag U as more than a makeover show and connecting it with the drag-u-like nature of Lady Gaga, Sasha Fierce, Katy Perry etc.
“The result is something much more sophisticated than a makeover show…. It’s not just a new haircut or a smaller waistline these women are getting, but — perhaps oddly — a new appreciation of their innate womanliness. They’re extracting someone who already lived within them — what the drag queens call their inner diva. It’s like going all the way to Oz to realize you were in Kansas all along. “Inner diva” sounds jokey, but it gets to the heart of what makes drag matter. A meek woman is allowed to taste strength by turning her femaleness into theater. Drag is not about sex, in other words: It’s about power.”
So true, and something that a drag queen has known for years. The article ends on a down-note of misapprehension.
“Gays are coming awfully close to lifestyle maids and butlers. They’re the cultural help, the people you see only when you need their services. After so many years of empowering so many straight people, you have to wonder: Who’s going to empower them?”
It’s true that we are second class citizens. But that doesn’t stop us serving our country or fighting for the right to marry. And precisely because drag is power, drag queens are our marines. They kicked ass at Stonewall and they’ll do it again, and make sure we get our motherfucking rights – and look fabulous doing it, thank-you very much.